Friday, December 26, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Have a wonderful holiday with good food, good conversation, and good company. I plan to as well and will post again when I get the monster back online!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
One last thing, I found this cute little project bag: perfect for socks, the lace scarf, or any smaller project for only 99 cents at Michaels. They are clearing out the line of bags and I couldn't resist the bargain!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Gardening season is over. There are a few hardy begonias on my front porch which are holding on, but the rest of the garden is shot. To provide a little color and greenery to this blog I give you my blooming african violet:
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I began the lace scarf from Misti alpaca, and it has been a bit frustrating to get going. There are only 51 stitches in the scarf as designed and 3 border stitches at the beginning and the end. The problem is that there is one extra stitch in addition to the 11 stitch repeat of the pattern and this extra stitch is gonna kill me. What this means is that I cannot use stitch markers to keep my place in the row because everything moves this one extra stitch every other row. I have started and frogged at least 6 times so far until I "got" it. So now I count at the end of each row to make sure I have 51 stitches and I count each 11 stitch repeat with out markers! Ughhh... this is gonna take a long time and I may use a "life-line" for the first time in case I get off in my count and have to rip back. The yarn is so fine that each time I frogged it, I tossed the yarn previously knitted because it got too fuzzy. I am trying to be very diligent to count as I go along. I forgot to mention that I started this on addis, but then ran out and got some bamboo straight needles which aren't nearly as slippery. I may end up ordering knitpicks harmony tips in this size because using a lifeline with those is much easier because of the little tightening hole.
This second photo is after steam blocking what I had so far and the pattern is starting to show up. A nice surprise came in the mail today: my blog prize of 2 oz of fiber from Spinknitandlife and it is so soft and pretty. I look forward to spinning this and maybe doing a two color hat with some natural colored BFL fiber I have in my stash. Thanks, Phyllis!! I love it!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
And the really fun thing is that we are meeting in person tomorrow after she drives to Denver for lunch with a friend. We picked the LYS The Lamb Shoppe in Denver to meet, have a cup of coffee and participate in some KIP. We both knit, spin, have daughters and support Obama! We are about the same age so we went through the same eras together and through reading her blog I have discovered that we have so much in common. She is much farther advanced in her spinning and fiber prep talent than me, but I think I can teach her a thing or two about using a drop spindle. Maybe she can show me her wheel someday.
Since I would like to Craft It Forward, I hereby nominate the following bloggers I read on a regular basis for this same award:
Rosemary of Rosemaryknits also lives in Colorado, but in Pueblo- two hours south of me. She has posted the famous video of Tammy Rizzo's Navajo Ply on the fly that I find so incredibly helpful in drop spindling. And you also have to check out her Bicycle Spinning wheel, which she made for herself, spending less that $10 all together. That is talent.
Lupie of KnittingLupie lives on the east coast and I waved across to NJ when I was in NY a few weeks ago. She shares my love of color and loves knitting with friends.
Timiae of Spinknitup is a young fresh voice from Georgia who is adventurous in her knitting and spinning and reminds me of me at that age, but more together.
Phyllis of Spinknitandlife is a spinner, knitter, needle felter......multitalented to say the least. She has an etsy shop of her batts and fibers, and I love her photography.
I would also like to nominate a 5th blogger-- Sonia of Peaceful Knitter who I met last week at Rhinebeck.
Here are the rules for the award recipients if you want to play along (not required):
1. Please mention winning of the award on your blog. Check
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you. Check
3. You must nominate at least 4 fellow bloggers for this award. Check
4. Add links to the recipients. Check
5. Leave a comment so the recipients know they have received an award. Check
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
On Ravelry, I had gotten directions from Spinnerella, and they were great. I am glad she also warned me about keeping down my speed, because the State Patrol was all over the place pulling over those who were not warned in advance.
It only took about 1 1/2 hours to get there from Norwalk at that early hour and I parked by the 4-H gate in about the fourth row. I was hoping that I wouldn't buy so much that I would have to make a trip to the car to unload, but if that was necessary, I was parked in the perfect location.
I met the sweetest lady when I entered at the gate. They were temporarily out of maps/books of the site, and she offered me hers. She said she comes every year and has the buildings memorized, so she didn't want me to be without, since it was my first time. Not that I studied it, but it did come in handy to find some specific vendors.
Mostly I wandered in and out of the vendor barns and other vendor spaces. I was totally overwhelmed at the number of booths throughout the site. Since I had arrived so early, many were not even open yet, and many were still setting up. The first thing I bought was hand cream and lip gloss from heal my hands. Of course, he was from Santa Fe,NM, closer to my neck of the woods, and he definitely understands what dryness is and what it does to hands and lips. It comes in a cute tin with a solid bar inside, like soap, that you rub on your hands. It is fabulous and I will definitely be ordering more when this runs out.
There were artisanel cheese vendors from NY and I sampled and purchased some of that for Marion where I would be going the next day.
I definitely had a few goals in mind as far as purchases go. I knew that Bosworth spindles would be there as well as Golding Spindles. It is always good to see all the options in person and to test them out. Since I already have a Golding from this summer, I purchased two from Sheila Bosworth. Johnathan was busy working on some wheels at the back of the booth, but Sheila was very gracious and I spend a lot time overhearing her conversations with others. I even helped another gal who was shopping for her first spindle. I should have gotten a commission!
Later in the afternoon, I spent some time at the Golding booth and watched Navajo plying on the spindle. I have tried the ply on the fly method, but this can be done from a spindle of singles in a chaining fashion. I will definitely have to give it a try. One thing that was really neat, was that that a Ravelry person, Photozurn, recognized my name from the Spindler forum and introduced herself.
Of course, I had forgotten to bring my list of recommended vendors with me in my bag---it was in the car, so I mostly wandered. Someone with an unlimited budget would definitely do a lot more damage to the bank account than I did, but I did my bit to support the economy. I was very impressed with the fibers of Creativelydyed. I bought 8 oz of Seawool fiber, which is 70% superwash merino and 30% seacell in a rose, burgundy, and copper color. It is spinning up so soft and I think I will make a 2 ply fingerweight for a scarf/shawl.
I can't remember the name of the booth (I paid cash there), but I bought great buttons for my February Lady Sweater in progress.
In the same building as Golding, was The Fold where they sell Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarns. By Sunday afternoon, they had sold much of their product, but I did find a nice color of medium weight sock yarn in burgundy and purples. I understand that the lines for this booth and their mill ends is hours long on Saturday. I don't think I would have done that, and as it was, the line was about 20 minutes for me. Once I knit them up, I will let you know whether I think the hype is worth it.
Mid day, I spotted Cat from Let's Knit 2 gether, a video podcast that I have been downloading to my IPOD. I introduced myself and chatted with her and her hub for a few minutes. She recommended the Lamb and Barley soup and I took her up that and had some for lunch. It warmed my hands and my insides as I made my way to the Ravelry meetup on the hill near the main entrance.
I already had a nametag pin and my tote, so I was ready to "meet up." I didn't know what to expect, but I wandered around looking at name tags and suddenly spotted Peaceful Knitter who reads my blog and I read hers. I had never asked her if she would be there, so I was surprised to actually see someone I knew...at least in the blog world. She had on one of her fabulous neck warmers and I must make one with one of my home spun yarns. We talked about the knit to fit class I had taken and the philosophy of it and I encouraged her to try a sweater. I am really surprised, with her skill, she had not yet done one. I also had my photo taken with Jess and Casey who ARE Ravelry. It was chilly so I didn't stay too long at the meetup, and I guess I missed the group photo. Oh well.
With my purchases so far, I went to the car to drop them off and went back in for one last go round of the buildings. I didn't buy any books, but saw the area where Stephanie Pearl McPhee was signing her new book. There were several other authors, but I didn't feel like waiting in any more lines. I stopped again at Briar Rose Fibers where they had some fabulous yarn, but I bought 17 oz of BFL (blue faced leicester) roving dyed in greens and purples. And I saw some silk hankies in really bright colors that I thought I would give a try spinning. It will be nice to ply this with some other yarn, and I couldn't resist.
After all, I didn't know when I would get back again.
The ride home was 2 1/2 hours long because of the heavy traffic leaving the fairgrounds. But I was sated, and happy to have spent the day amongst fiber, fiber people, and eastern fall colors. And broke.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Arlene, Reggie and Keith
Hedy and Jill
Arlene and Joe (not a couple)
Ed and Joan (yes a couple)
Now I can see what all the fuss is about with Socks That Rock. Also, buttons for my
Two Bosworth spindles: Midi in Cherry and Mini in Canarywood